As some of you may recall from previous posts I am writing a paper this semester on the issues for the criminal justice professional/administrator regarding counterfeiting. I stated that as I delved more into my topic I would share what I was learning with you all. Well, call this my first installment of counterfeit news: This scared the s**t out of me: Excerpt taken direct from the novel: Knockoff: the deadly trade in counterfeit goods, by, Tim Phillips. In Moscow boutiques the following occurs: they don't order the quantity they sell. They order 30 percent of the quantity, the other 70 percent they make as counterfeits to sell as the real product in the shop, and it costs them much less; they employ people to make counterfeit product to order. I know two people one in Turkey, one in China, whose job this is. Now in Italy the issue gets more complicated/muddied: for Italian designers the domestic counterfeit problem often stems from a policy of intentional overruns. A factory that is contracted to make 1,000 will make 1,500 (refers to handbags), and won't sew labels into the last 500, knowing that whey they reach the market stall (stalls in italy flea-markets) the stall owner will lean over and whisper in the customer's ear: it's original. Why does an Hermes birkin cost $6,000: each bag is stitched by hand; each one takes up to 18 hours to make in one of three tiny workshops in France. Jennifer Lopez was sent a cease and desist letter when Hermes investigators found out she intended to give all the guests at her cancelled wedding a knock-off Birkin as a souvenier. It was the Jelly-Kelly bag, and yes, Hermes considers these counterfeit Birkins. In Italy, you can find the quality leather and quality workmanship you need (for counterfeiting): In Milan, Italy the copies are made by taking the product, taking it to pieces, laying it out, copying it piece by piece. They copy it down to the stitching detail. It's the quality that allows them to sell for a higher price. So, what is truly horrid is that boutiques and stores are buying high-quality fakes, they do this and sell them alongside the originals; this means that they can sell all bags at retail but are making a lot more money because they are buying a percentage of their inventory from non-authorized factories/workers - and these bags are not genuine. But, who knows this??